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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines. 

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

  • Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
  • Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
  • Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK 

College of Engineering's UK Top 10 Research Ranking
Source: Research Excellence Framework 2014 ( ) (weighted average across the four Engineering Units of Assessment)




Panels Combined GPA


University of Oxford 127.91 3.53 1
University of Cambridge 243.06 3.49 2
Imperial College London 344.10  3.38 
King's College London  53.34  3.37 
Cardiff University  48.10  3.35 
University of Dundee  33.25 3.31 
University of Edinburgh  91.80  3.30 
University of Bristol 123.38  3.30 
Heriot-Watt University  108.84  3.30 
Swansea University  74.83  3.29  10